Position Among the Stars (2011)




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One family, three generations, facing globalisation in Indonesia. Twelve years ago, Dutch filmmaker Retel Helmrich decided to visit Indonesia, the birthplace of his Dutch father and Indonesian mother, looking for inspiration. The trip ignited his fascination with the country and he started filming the Shamshudin family living in a Jakarta slum. He followed them as the country shook off the rule of president Suharto (The Eye of the Day), experienced a rise of Islamic power (Shape of the Moon) and eventually nascent democracy, corruption and a widening income gap (Position Among the Stars). -- (C) Official Site
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A singularly intimate and honest experience, as powerful bonds are formed between 'us', the viewer, and 'them', the subjects.

Full Review… | February 14, 2012
Time Out
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Engrossing, poetic and often very funny, "Position," like its predecessors, uses the lens of a single family to view the tumult of an entire country.

September 14, 2011
New York Times
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Leonard Retel Helmrich's third documentary about the same Indonesian family is a dazzler in at least a couple ways.

Full Review… | September 13, 2011
Village Voice
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(Critic's Pick) This patient but wildly expressionistic mosaic uses a canvas so vast that not just the subjects but fighting fish, cockroaches and the mangiest rat yet committed to cinema complete a bizarre ecosystem of co-dependence.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
L.A. Weekly
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It's a vivid picture of desperate people struggling to survive in a corrupt world, though formally rather too contrived for my taste.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
Observer (UK)

Tari is headed for college; Sriywati is headed nowhere. By the time the credits roll, you ache for them both.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
London Evening Standard

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